THE WAY FORWARD FOR INDIGENOUS ART IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

If you ask people to talk about Australian indigenous art, most will think immediately of dot paintings – a style that comes from the deserts of central Australia and is instantly recognisable all over the world as Australian and indigenous. It’s by far the most […]

CREATING AN INDIGENOUS FUTURE IN COEN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Back in 2008, the Queensland and Federal Governments, and the Cape York Institute for Policy & Leadership,  introduced the Cape York Welfare Reform program in four communities –  Aurukun, Coen, Hope Vale and Mossman Gorge. The idea was to find locally informed ways to address social […]

INDIGENOUS VIEWS ON MINING AND WORLD HERITAGE ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

There’s a diversity of views among indigenous communities in Cape York Peninsula on the Australian Government’s recent push for World Heritage listing, and on the prospect of new or expanded mining in the region. The Federal Government has run a long consultation process to muster […]

VISIT THE AURUKUN ARTS CENTRE – WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

The ABC Far North team visited Aurukun in June, an indigenous community just south of Weipa on western Cape York Peninsula. The town began life in 1904 as a church mission, and over the years it’s become home to about 1200 people from the five […]

MEET THE AURUKUN SCHOOL BAND – COMING TO CAIRNS FOR A CONCERT IN JULY

You’ll find the town of Yarrabah about an hour’s drive south-east of Cairns – an indigenous community of about 2500 people. It was formed in the 1890s, when Anglican missionary Ernest Gribble encouraged the area’s indigenous people to move to the site of the present-day […]

TUNE IN TO INDIGENOUS RADIO AURUKUN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Our radio station, ABC Far North, covers a huge area of Queensland. Our listening area is just a bit bigger than the state of Victoria. In many areas, we’re the only local station, and there are still places where you can’t hear us, or anything […]

VICTORIA TO LEARN FROM CAPE YORK TRADITIONAL FIRE KNOWLEDGE

Our friends down south are often surprised to learn we have a bushfire season here in far north Queensland. It happens earlier than the southern Australian fire season, which is usually at the height of summer. That’s when our wet season is in full swing, […]

AURUKUN MEMORIAL HONOURS CAPE YORK INDIGENOUS MILITARY SERVICE

Anzac Day services and commemorations will be held across far north Queensland tomorrow. Regular Anzac services have been held at Aurukun, on western Cape York Peninsula, for some time now – but this year they’re unveiling a memorial to indigenous men from the community who […]

MEET DEREK WALPO – THE MAYOR OF AURUKUN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

The first Europeans known to have walked on Australian soil were Dutch sailors. In 1605, they steered the Duyfken into the Gulf of Carpentaria and landed at Cape Keerweer on western Cape York, south of Aurukun. Their plans to build a city there did not […]